Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Vegefied has prepared a cool guide that let’s you make most of the city if you are there for just 5 night!
Updated: 18 July 2019
Lisbon is the cultural and political capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. With a history dating back to centuries before Paris and London, the city has remained a Mediterranean powerhouse since the Renaissance. While Portugal is no longer the colonial empire it once used to be, the remnants of its history can be found all over Lisbon, including in its language and culture as well as its architecture and food.
There are tons of things to do and see in the city but if you want to plan a short trip to Lisbon, we have prepared a 5 day itinerary for you to completely immerse yourself in this beautiful coastal city.
Arrive in Lisbon and be welcomed by your driver at the airport. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in the city centre and check in.
This morning, meet your guide for a full day tour of the city, including old town, Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. You will start the tour by going to the top of Marques Pombal to learn about Lisbon from that point. Travel by car from there, down Avenida Liberdade, and drop off in Rossio. Begin walking tour with explanations of the history and how things were in the past, continuing through the Baixa and walking to the Sé. After that we will take the 28 Cable Car to Graça and the miradouro where the car will meet us and drive to Jeronimos and Belem Tower.
Tonight you will enjoy a Fado music Show (our traditional music) including dinner.
This is a free day for you to enjoy. We would suggest walking down to “Armazens do Chiado”, right in front there is an ice cream seller called “Santini” and you can try the best ice cream ever! Ask the concierge he will give you directions, it is less than 5 minutes walking from the hotel door.
As for dinner there are many options on the area. The hotel restaurant is good, also if you prefer to stay quiet this is a good idea. Some other options include :
Pedro e o Lobo (Portuguese food with a twist, a great experience),
Largo (opened a year ago, great decor and food, very lively),
Riso8 (Italian cuisine).
The concierge will help you booking, these are all fifteen minutes walking from the hotel.
Today we will visit Sintra, which Lord Byron called “glorious Eden” and Cascais, once a fishing village, then the place where Kings and Princes from all Europe came for exile early on the 20th century, today a charming village and one of the best places to live in Portugal.
Pena National Palace in Sintra was built by a German architect Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Schwege in a mixture of architectural styles. Richly decorated walls are all over the interior, covered either with tiles or painted walls. The palace remained one of the main royal family residencies for decades. In 1889 it was purchased by the Portuguese State, and after the Republican Revolution of 1910, the palace was classified as a national monument and transformed into a museum. The rooms were left exactly as they were when the last royal closed the front door.
In Cascais the idea really is to walk around the marina, the center of the village, try the great ice cream “Santini” (probably best in the World) and enjoy the sun. By the way, James Bond “On her Majesty’s secret service” was shot here in Estoril, the Casino, the Palace Hotel and the road where you will go through were some of the relevant scenarios.
Return to Lisbon will be on the route by the sea, you will enjoy the views of some nice beaches, the sea, a few small palace-like houses and of the Monument to the Discoveries when reaching the city.
Today we will enjoy a full day visit to Batalha and Alcobaca and their monasteries, each a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alcobaca is also known for its blue and white pottery. If there is time, you can also enjoy a short stop in Obidos, a small but very beautiful fortified village about an hour from Lisbon, and well worth a couple of hours roaming around. At the end of the day, your driver delivers you back to your Lisbon hotel. Travel directly to Batalha (1h45). Begin by visiting the battlefield and then seeing the movie (7€ per person, optional) and continuing to the Monastery of Batalha. Full tour including cloisters and then time for lunch. Continue to Alcobaça (approx. 30m) for tour of the monastery. After we will drive to Óbidos in the late afternoon and walk through Obidos, returning to Lisbon early evening.
The morning will be free for you to walk around the city, do some shopping or visit a Museum for example. There are quite a few options and on the previous day our guide will happily assist you choosing the ideal way to cease the day according to your taste.
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